This week Jean Paul Gaultier visited the San Francisco School of Fashion, creating what can only be described as a fashion frenzy. Students started filling up the building well before the 2:00 PM call time, all trying to stake out the best spots for his arrival. And when he did arrive, quite promptly actually – especially for fashion standards – students could not have been more excited. “It’s like we have royalty here,” Dr. Stephens said at one point, and in a way we kind of did – fashion royalty at least.
Quoted from the SF school daily blog c/o the Academy of Art University; “As he entered the atrium, students cheered wildly and everyone was snapping away on their smartphones – suffice it to say that the Twitterverse (and Instagram) lit up with JPG tweets and pics from the hundreds of students who were gathered. During the brief presentation, School of Fashion Executive Director Gladys Perint Palmer asked him to reflect on true creativity in fashion – how to harness it and make sure it survives. His reply came from the heart, “The most important thing in life is to have love – it has to be your passion.” He spoke of the need for originality as well: “When you do something different – people are surprised and they appreciate it. There is no point in doing something someone else has done.” He also talked about his grandmother, who sparked his interest in fashion at a young age and was a constant inspiration: “She taught me that you could say something through your dress, your hair and make-up. And that is what I try to do – to speak through the clothes.” Academy of Art University President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, presented Monsieur Gaultier with an Honorary Doctorate, which elicited a huge smile from the designer, “I never went to art school – I’m very happy. This is a big, big, big compliment.” Read the full JPG story here…
The brilliant Gaultier happened into the exhibit done by student Noah Shaw, a truly gifted artist and young designer in her own right. JPG absolutely loved her work, commenting on the wonderful combination of textures – wovens, raffia, and metals – that Noah had chosen. Fabulous! We recognized the talented Noah Shaw a number of years ago when she graced the photos shoots for the popular brand, Hazel & Harlow as their fresh face for the collection.
Noah has spent many of her early designer days illustrating for costume, styling for indie film directors and building her work portfolio at the SF school. A giftred photographer herself, Noah captures what QG finds to be the innocence and beautiful aura of just a little urban chic mixed with polished European influences – it’s clear that the SF school has been good to Ms. Shaw, but we think this gem of a girl will be on her way soon to catwalks and design houses with the likes of masters like Gaultier brimming with her spark of genius for fashion seasons we can all enjoy.
For information on attending the San Francisco School of Fashion and The Academy of Art University or to check out one of their other campuses and programs, go to; http://www.fashionschooldaily.com. To follow Jean Paul Gaultier visit his collection website at; http://www.jeanpaulgaultier.com Photos by Carlos Ramirez.